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What Engineering School Didn’t Teach You

Issue 8 and Volume 109.

• There are about 10 types of capacitors.

• Theory tells you how a circuit works, not why it doesn’t work.

• Not everything works according to the specs in the databook.

• Anything practical you learn will be obsolete before you use it, except the complex math, which you will never use.

• Always try to fix the hardware with the software.

• Engineering is like having an 8 a.m. class and late afternoon lab every day for the rest of your life.

• Overtime pay? What overtime pay?

• Engineers rule the world until the next revision.

• If you like junk food, caffeine, and all-nighters, then you should go into architecture.

• Dilbert is a documentary.

Editor’s note: Corporate communications has evolved to the point where it seems the highest and most common use of e-mail is the dissemination of jokes and humor stories to business acquaintances around the world. Power Engineering has collected a number of such communications from many anonymous e-mail sources and will present them in this space for your enjoyment. We welcome your contributions of engineering, technology or business related humorous pieces to [email protected], but please do not send copyrighted material.